Keeping Calm: Why I Prefer Tolerance

From what tiny scrap of info we have, it seems PSG made a poor judgement call. They have two women's only rituals this year, and one was run by a Dianic for cis-women only. Maybe if the timing of the two rituals had been switched it wouldn't have been such a big deal.I don't know. I'm not there. In all likelihood, neither are you.But this is the internet, and on the slightest rumor everyone gets their undies in a wad and goes ballistic.This seems to happen at every major Pagan event … [Read more...]

In Praise of Normal

Paganism is the the most accepting group of religions today. If you are GLBT, polyamorous, vegan, goth, or what-have-you, we welcome you with open arms. We will set a place for you at our tables and accommodate you as best we can. We are the spiritual embodiment of Emma Lazarus' poem: "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my … [Read more...]

Tolerance Strained: Loving My Evangelical Sister

I am a Modern Pagan. A champion of tolerance, acceptance and religious freedom. To paraphrase Voltaire: though I may disapprove of your faith I will die for your right to practice it. Sure, somewhere down in my pea-pickin' heart I'm sure I feel very smug and superior in my tolerance. Until the assumptions and context of that attitude was shattered.Like many Pagans, my extended family is multi-faith. I have a cousin who is a Southern Baptist minister going for his PhD, a gospel-recording … [Read more...]